International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2017

September 11-15, 2017, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

The International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 is co-organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
The overall objective of the conference is to strengthen communities of transdisciplinary research and education, and to create visibility for theoretical, empirical and transformative advances/results. The focus of the conference is on interculturality. Participants will explore transdisciplinary research and education as intercultural endeavours concerning epistemologies, world-views, practices, and
place-based differences.

With this emphasis we will bring together representatives of different world regions, institutions, cultures, and communities. We envisage a space for taking a culturally sensitive look at transdisciplinarity. By doing so, we will also explore interfaces and foster the potential of transdisciplinarity to deal with heterogeneity and difference.

Call for Contributions

Deadline for abstract submission: March 10, 2017

We invite contributions from all fields and research cultures. We particularly welcome submissions that address interculturality and contributions from transdisciplinary teams. Please indicate how your submission aligns with the following streams, categories and formats. Choose one primary stream and indicate one or more categories relevant to your contribution.

The detailed call can be downloaded here (PDF, 169 KB).


• Theories and Epistemologies

Contributions that aim at advancing theoretical foundations and epistemology of
transdisciplinarity, and/or elaborate on dealing with different theoretical backgrounds and epistemics in research.

• Methodologies, Process Designs and Methods

Contributions that propose or discuss methodological aspects or approaches, and/or transdisciplinary process designs, and/or advances in methods and quality criteria of transdisciplinary research.

• Case Studies

Contributions that provide insights into and/or trajectories of transdisciplinary case studies, including examples of success and failure with lessons learned from experience for future efforts.

• Teaching and learning in higher education

Contributions that provide insights into transdisciplinary study programs and courses in higher education, discuss professional profiles of graduates, and/or that relate to teaching transdisciplinarity and training programs.

For further questions

If you have questions about the content of the Conference or its organisation, please contact the ITD 2017 office (
For issues concerning the abstract submission, the td-net team ( is at your disposal.

Updates about the conference are available here.